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Review by David
"My girls (8 and 11 years old) really enjoyed their lessons with Simona. She was able to structure the lessons to meet their individual needs and interest
s. One of my favorite moments was coming home from work to see yellow post it notes on many household appliances and furniture as she had the girls go label these items in Italian as a fun little "quiz". Simona was the perfect solution to introducing my girls to the language of their relatives. We'll be back once our schedule allows."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jacob
"I have been working with Toshi-Sensei for a few months now and all I can say is wow! He has been such a huge help to me and helps me to be very confident
with my Japanese.
Whether I am having a simple time or struggling he always makes sure to explain it in ways that are easy to understand and never gets frustrated with my questions or if things take me a long while to grasp.
Not only that but he makes a point to always check up on my home life and see how my family is doing! He is an honest good person and one of the best teachers I have ever encountered in my life and I consider him a great friend!
Arigatou gozaimasu Toshi-sensei!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Graham
"After my first class with Karin, it was apparent that she caters her lessons to your goals and quickly sets expectations around them. In preparation for a
trip to Germany, we started with improving my conversation skills. I'm very pleased with her lessons so far."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Rafael
"Vivian is a great teacher. She is patient and explains things in a way I can understand. With her I got to practice reading, writing, speaking, and listen
ing in a way that always felt very natural. She has good teaching material and also accommodated me by using my existing Chinese textbook from college. I especially liked listening to her talk about and explain Chinese culture, and tie it together with what we were studying. It really made the class really fun, interesting, and it made me appreciate how connected Chinese language is to the world around me."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Sebastien
"Walker is very organized and has been an excellent teacher for my son."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Marysa
"D'Lisa made learning Spanish seem so easy. She was encouraging and really made sure that I was able to speak Spanish with a fluency that surprised myself.
If only I would have had her as a Spanish teacher when I was in high school! I highly recommend her services!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Doug
"Excellent instructor. Very willing to adjust lesson based on needs and progress."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Samantha
"Abram is an excellent instructor. He was a great resource for any questions that I had, and explains concepts in a clear, concise fashion. He is passionat
e about what he does and it shows in his work. I highly recommend taking a course with him!"
I have performed my whole life! I started with choir in Elementary School, and was in choir all throughout Middle School and High School. My show choir was featured on the pilot episode on Glee! I graduated from college with a degree in Classical vocal performance, and am classically trained. I love Musical Theatre, and a good Mariah Carey song, on any given day!
In college I had extensive theory training and took over 40 units of just Music theory including, ear training, and counterpoint.
I have performed in over 3 operas, and I think that performance is very important in all asp
ects of life!
I took piano for 10 years, and believe that piano is the foundation for any sort of musical training.
I have been teaching for about 3-4 years now and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!! I can't imagine doing anything else.
*** Lesson Details *** I always bring necessary materials to our first lesson. From there, I will assess where the student is at, and prescribe the proper methodology. I have an excellent selection of vocal books, and am willing to suggest other books that might be suitable.
I use 2 different methods for teaching piano. The Alfred Series or the Faber and Faber series. I will asses which will be necessary to for the student after our first lesson.
I am not a strict teacher, but I am not laid back either. I expect all of my students to practice at least 4-5 times a week. However, I do understand when unexpected life circumstances come up, and time does not permit one to practice.
For my piano students, after 3 months, you can expect to be reading music on the staff, and after 6 months, with practice you can expect to be playing music off the staff with hands together hopefully in the second level. :)
For vocal students, after 3-6 months, my students will have developed a healthier, better technique to singing. Hopefully we will have 3-5 songs in the students repertoire list, and he/she will gain a sense of confidence when singing out loud or in front of an audience.
Guitar students can expect to learn how to play their favorite pop song within 3 months.
ASL students will be able to participate in deaf conversation within 6-9 months. However, by the end of the first 3 months, students will be able to finger spell their names, as well as various greetings to introduce themselves, and start conversations with deaf people. *** Studio Equipment *** I have a piano at my home, as well as a plethora of vocal and piano repertoire.
*** Travel Equipment *** Necessary supplementary curriculum for students to learn. I expect the students to have a piano or keyboard, ready to use for weekly lessons.
***Strength*** Keeping the lesson grounded, focused, with a clear objective, all while being fun, and engaging.
Griffin October 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Jayna has been absolutely wonderful thus far! I really didn't know what to expect going into these lessons, but her young-self is full of life. She is very skilled and highly knowledgeable in musicality. Thirty minutes is plenty of time for the content we go over, but would love to stay and talk music even longer if I could. She is as relatable and personable as anyone. Jayna has a good way of making the lessons fun, while maintaining stern-enough attitude to keep you focused and on-track. I really couldn't enjoy my time more with and look forward to many months of lessons ahead.
Cole M. October 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Jayna is a fantastic teacher.
Tien N. October 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My 4-year-old daughter loves taking lessons with Jayna. She has learned so much over 2 months. Jayna's lessons are always fun and productive. We will stay with Jayna as long as we stay in AZ.
Open up to your own unique voice. Play piano with energy and freedom.
"With singing, your body is your instrument. Helping you become all you can be as a performer is my number one goal. Protecting your voice is a close second as we work to strengthen your vocal range and the quality of your sound. As well, piano students will learn techniques that will speed up their comprehension of sight reading and/or improvisation. Teaching gives me an opportunity to energize my students and share with them historically proven techniques - as well as new ways of practicing and performing." - Marty
Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Marty moved to the Phoenix, AZ area eight years ago. Marty has over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. She studied for three years at the School of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder. She has studied in the Masters program in vocal pedagogy and has performed in a variety of venues from blues to opera.
You will find her pedagogy technique to be respectful of the masters that have come before her. She is also open to new techniques from belting (in popular music), to microphone usage skills. As a student, you will be invited to perform in student recitals. You will be joining a team of dedicated, passionate performers who know the pleasure of performing.
As a beginning and intermediate piano instructor, Marty will guide you in the basics of sight reading. If you prefer, your piano classes will consist primarily of improvisation and chord progressions (you will also learn a little bit of sight reading which will help you 'flesh out' the melody). You will gain a solid foundation in music theory as well as an introduction into the vast world of music history. All age ranges are welcome, from the beginning elementary student, to the retiree just now finding the time to pursue their passion to perform.
I have authored a variety of music theory articles to assist you with your progress. We use these in the lessons to speed up your assimilation of the material. You will receive support via this literature and will quickly recognize how music theory supports your efforts with either singing or playing the piano.
*** Lesson Details *** Your voice is unique to you. How you currently sing and what you want to sing will be the foundation from which we work. We will explore your voice and strengthen it via breath and physical exercises and practice with a repertoire that suits your individual tastes. We will also prepare your mind for quick and fluid articulation of your musical sensitivities.
Music theory and various musical explorations will assist you in moving forward in the most rapid manner possible. Whether you are twelve years old or sixty-five, you will find fun as well as perceptive methods for strengthening your passion for musical performance.
Since your body is your instrument, I am very conscious of the need to assist you in waking your body up in order to perform most successfully. The warm-up exercises include not only traditional vocalizes, but also methods for stretching your body and strengthening your diaphragmatic breathing. My students become very aware of any residual tension in their bodies. Singing is a wonderful way to get in touch with - and expel - any way in which you might 'close down' or 'tense down' your physical body. By working with a caring professional, you will learn how to freely share your unique talent with the world.
As we progress through the series of classes, you will use breathing exercises to activate the thoracic (throat & chest) and visceral (stomach) cavities. Your lessons will continue into specific vocalization exercises; such as singing scales, triads and specific exercises to assist you with fluid musical expression. Traditional ear training will also be a part of the lessons for intermediate students.
Many of the lessons I teach include a theme of working on confidence, vocal projection, breath support, finding and releasing tension, vocal range expansion, audition preparation and stage performance. All singing includes a core of story-telling. You will be encouraged to 'deconstruct' a song and discover the story, along with the emotions that are found in the lyrics of the songs you will sing.
In a similar fashion, my piano students will work on exercises to establish kinesthetic learning or muscle-memory. I have a unique method for sharing chord-progressions and piano improvisation. You will learn to quickly share music in a satisfying and pleasing manner that will surprise you and the people who hear your music. From your unique 'ear,' and via your new-found understanding of music theory, music will pour out of your piano.
As a piano student, you will also be exposed to lessons of the masters who have taught for hundreds of years. Sight-reading at the piano is a very enjoyable skill. It is also a foundation from which we will work (while taking in mind your particular interests). Again, whether a pre-teen or a senior citizen (or anyone in between!) who has finally found the time to explore their musical talent - you will find classes uniquely suited to your musical trajectory.
Your lessons will proceed as you acquire the ability to successfully perform your exercises and musical literature. Playing the piano fluidly and sharing your abilities with others is an amazing experience! It is my intent to ensure that your progress is swift, enjoyable and based on the work of the masters who have come before us! See you soon... Cordially, Marty W.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, metronome, microphone and amp. I can provide supplemental piano music; in some cases, students will need to purchase their own music. I also have an area where parents can wait for lessons to end. We also have a market or restaurant close-by as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** When traveling to student's homes - they need to have a piano. In some cases, students also need to buy their own voice or piano books. In the event that a vocal student prefers in-home lessons and does not have a piano, I can bring an electric piano to the lessons (let's talk!).
*** Specialties *** Barbara Doscher method of Opera Voice and Singing Have experience with conducting choral music Piano - beginner and intermediate sight reading Piano - chord progression and music theory (some songwriting)
Grace July 27, 2016
I enjoyed how flexible Marty is . She is a nice teacher who embraces different cultures and approaches.
Anne B. March 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I am retired and wanted to start playing piano again after many years. Marty tailors my lessons to my skill level and to the kind of music I want to play. She is very personable, extremely well organized, and is a very effective teacher.
Rebecca A. October 15, 2015
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
Marty is helping me figure out what I want to get out of voice lessons. I have loved signing my whole life, I am 50 now, still love it but never had any formal training, she is helping me find my real voice and express it the way that I want to. I LOVE HER!
As a performer I have been playing for over fifteen years on the piano. I have received training at Vanguard University where my teacher's were graduates from Juilliard and Yale. I am now attending Arizona State University where I will be teaching music theory and receiving my Doctorate in Music Composition. I am a published choral composer, and have had my music premiered in the U.S. and Europe.
In August of 2012 I began teaching piano on a part-time basis. My teaching philosophy has always been to make sure the students understand why and not just how to perform something. I emphasiz
e music theory along with piano lessons and expect the students to take the time to practice every week. I have taught children of all ages from 4 to 16 years old.
If you would like a female teacher please contact my wife who is also a teacher on take lessons:
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*** Specialties *** Piano/Voice
Tristan F. May 19, 2016
In home Verified Student
Great first piano lesson experience. My child was fully engrossed in learning, he can't wait till next week!
clark A. March 15, 2016
In home Verified Student
Great first lesson! We are excited to continue on a weekly basis with Dale.
Hello! :-) I am French native and grew up in Normandie France; I have lived in the States for many years. I am dynamic and fun! If you are looking for French tutoring, preparing for a test, document translation, a personal or business translator, or a French tour design, I'm your person! I am experienced in teaching and tutoring children and adults. I home schooled 4 children. While going through college, I taught French classes for adults who were preparing a business or personal trip to France. I also tutored French to many students. I was a Physician Assistant. Later, I served as a Gu
ide in France for the USO of a military base while stationed in Germany. In the last several years I was in Business as a manager, trainer, team builder requiring different teaching approaches. I also coach CrossFit, CrossFit Endurance (and do running analysis), health and wellness, and I am a Personal Trainer. Tell me your goal and I will design a program for you. Ready to have fun with this?!
Terri B. April 18, 2016
In home Verified Student
Corinne has been a wonderful French teacher! My lessons are tailored to my needs. She gives me clear and understandable examples and explanations that resonate well with me. She's personable, patient, supportive, and encouraging. I highly recommend her to you! Take a chance: I'm glad that I did!
April E. September 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
Learning a language like Spanish has tons of benefits, for adults and children alike. But how much should you expect to invest, if it's something you're serious about learning? There are few outlets for free Spanish lessons for beginners, but they're not always the best option. Books may provide vocabulary and grammar lessons, but you're missing out on hearing the language spoken. YouTube videos can be fun to watch, but you're missing out on that essential component of conversation with anot …
How Much Does it Really Cost to Learn Spanish?
Learning a language like Spanish has tons of benefits, for adults and children alike. But how much should you expect to invest, if it's something you're serious about learning? There are few outlets for free Spanish lessons for beginners, but they're not always the best option. Books may provide vocabulary and grammar lessons, but you're missing out on hearing the language spoken. YouTube videos can be fun to watch, but you're missing out on that essential component of conversation with anot
Face-Off: Google Translate vs. Human Spanish Translator
We rely on technology now more than ever, but when is it best to let a real-life human do the work?
Check out the nifty infographic below from Verbal Ink to see what happens when Google Translate (Spanish to English) goes head-to-head with a professional translator in two rounds of a translation showdown. Are they worthy opponents, or will a clear front-runner claim the prize?
It seems as though humans can still triumph over machine when it comes to language... at least for now!
20 Useful German Phrases for Oktoberfest
The worlds biggest celebration of beer, Oktoberfest, is right around the corner. In a couple of days, thousands of thirsty people will travel to Germanys capital of Munich to celebrate all things beer.
Before you head off to Munich, you might want to learn some German. After all, youre going to be mingling with locals and traveling throughout the city.
Learning a few useful German phrases will not only help you get around easier, but it will also enable you to make the most of your
How Can I Support My English Language Learner Child?
Parents, you play a huge role in helping your child learn in between private tutoring sessions. Here are some ideas to help your English-learner work on their skills, from North Hollywood, CA tutor Brittany G...
When I first got my teaching credential, I was in suburban Connecticut. The majority of students in the classroom where I did my observations and student teaching were native English speakers, with a handful who spoke another language as well. When I moved to California,
An Easy Way to Learn Japanese Katakana
When you're learning Japanese katakana, it's easy to be confused by so many new symbols. Here, Winston Salem, NC teacher Willy M. shares his tips and tricks to help you learn katakana.
While learning Japanese can be challenging, I have found an easy way to learn and memorize katakana. I want to share these methods with you, and I hope they will help you to quickly learn and understand Japanese katakana.
When I first started studying Japanese, I found it difficult to learn the symbols
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